Mike Strange: Making shots makes all the difference for Vols

Mike Strange

When Jordan McRae nailed a halftime buzzer-beating jump shot Wednesday night, it was significant on two accounts.

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johnlg00 writes:

Amazing how that works out! If the Vols had shot anything close to last night's percentage against Florida last Saturday, they might have won even that game. The offensive woes are mostly in the players' heads; when they are taking good shots in rhythm and thus feeling no tension, they are going to make most of them, and offensive rebounders can work for position before the ball goes up because they know the characteristics of that player's shot from that spot.

The trick is to get them in that frame of mind on the road as well as at home. In the Florida game, for some reason McRae seemed to be rushing himself. He took some bad, rushed shots and drives of the sort he has mostly been avoiding lately. That sort of helped take the other guards out of the game since they felt pressured to make up for what McRae wasn't doing, and clanked their own shots.

Anybody who has a guaranteed cure for that ailment could sell a ton, since every team in basketball suffers dry spells, especially on the road. The Vols have had several examples now of how to play to win and how to play to lose. They have won on the road and thus shouldn't fear it as such, and they have reclaimed the home court. Just gotta keep doing it.

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